Archery Contest between Orion and Sagittareus.
From The Thirteenth Is Magic by Joan Howard, 1950
They (Jill and Ronnie) had not forgotten it was the thirteenth of August. . ..
. . . Then Ronnie pointed to a sign directly across the street. . . Comet Cleaners and Invisible Menders
. . . Inside the shop a little round man was rushing so fast that he seemed to be rolling along like a hoop and bristling with brushes and brooms and squee-gees. . .
[He] said “The Perseids are an emergency. . . The almanac says they will show tonight—and show they must.”
. . .The partners. . . did not limit themselves to comets, either. There were always meteors—like the Perseids, which showed every August, and were due tonight. And keeping the Milky Way swept and in good repair, and the constellations tidy.
. . . Both archers [Orion and the centaur Sagittarius constellations] drew their bows ready. They fixed arrows tipped with Perseids.
. . . “We’re watching the Archery Competition. . . The Centaur and Orion are shooting the Perseids and we’re back the Centaur to win.”
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